Quickies: Studio Ghibli, microcannons, and casual racism

  • The feminism of Studio Ghibli – “Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s animated films, whether they’re in a spirit world or real-life Japan, often share similar themes of nature preservation, the damages of imperialism, and childhood, often featuring a young girl in the lead.”
  • Scientists fill tiny microcannons that fire drug-filled nanobullets – “The medical profession has long dreamed of an ideal delivery system for getting drugs to wherever in the body they’re needed most. Nanoscientists at the University of San Diego have come up with a novel means of doing so: why not fire the drugs at the intended targets, using tiny little cannons?”
  • What goes through your mind: On nice parties and casual racism – “Do I really want to force all the people at this table to choose sides in the ultimately unwinnable “was or wasn’t it racist” debate?”
  • 5 facts about guns in the United States – “As President Barack Obama unveils a new initiative aimed at curbing gun violence this week, the public’s attitudes about gun policy will garner renewed attention.” From Veronica.


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Interestingly, we had this discussion on casual racism recently over at Daily Kos. And I’ll leave it at that, because I’m not opening that toxic diary that crashes my browser with >1800 comments.

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